BMW is worried U.S. tariffs on imported cars could drive up manufacturing costs and put jobs at its Upstate operations in jeopardy.
The Greenville News reports the German automaker sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce saying that more proposed tariffs would hamper the German company’s capacity to expand its operations in the U.S., where tariffs on steel and retaliation from other countries have forced up its costs.
The Trump administration has threatened a 20 percent tariff on auto imports from the European Union.
BMW has been expanding at its Spartanburg County manufacturing facility ever since opening in 1993. The company has spent at least $52 million over the last year on improvements and assembles its X-series SUVs at the plant.
Last year BMW said that it would invest $600 million to improve its operations at the Greer plant, but the company said threats of tariffs on cars and components as well as retaliation from other countries makes the U.S. a hostile environment